Friday, April 12, 2013

The Bottom Line

We sat through an hour and a half spiel on some wonderful attic wrap stuff that will cut our energy bills by at least 25 %. Then they finally told us the cost. We both would have spit out our dentures if we had any. I think the shock may last long enough that when we do get dentures, we will still spit them out. It would take 20 years to recoup the savings! Who, except the Feds, hops on a deal like that?

I told the salesman we were very sorry to have taken so much of his time, but we were bottom-line kind of people and he should have started with the bottom-line. It would have saved us all an afternoon looking at charts while the blossoming dogwoods fluttered unappreciated just outside our door.

It is one of the reasons I love the Bible so much. The bottom-line is obvious and stated over and over again. Ignore God at your peril. Love and follow Him and the blossoming dogwoods will be just a pale reflection of the awesome beauty and joy in store for us.

Deuteronomy 30:4,6,11-16,19-20 (NIV)
Even if you have been banished to the most distant land under the heavens, from there the Lord your God will gather you and bring you back. [6] The Lord your God will circumcise your hearts and the hearts of your descendants, so that you may love him with all your heart and with all your soul, and live. [11] Now what I am commanding you today is not too difficult for you or beyond your reach. [12] It is not up in heaven, so that you have to ask, “Who will ascend into heaven to get it and proclaim it to us so we may obey it?” [13] Nor is it beyond the sea, so that you have to ask, “Who will cross the sea to get it and proclaim it to us so we may obey it?” [14] No, the word is very near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart so you may obey it. [15] See, I set before you today life and prosperity, death and destruction. [16] For I command you today to love the Lord your God, to walk in obedience to him, and to keep his commands, decrees and laws; then you will live and increase, and the Lord your God will bless you in the land you are entering to possess. [19] This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live [20] and that you may love the Lord your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him. For the Lord is your life, and he will give you many years in the land he swore to give to your fathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

-save a dog-

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